PMC in Côte d’Ivoire

PMC began working in Côte d’Ivoire in 2004. The annual population growth rate is 1.84 percent, which means the population will double in 30 years if left unchanged.

PMC broadcast one radio serial drama in Côte d’Ivoire, Cesiri Tono (“Fruits of Perseverance”), which addressed a number of health and social issues. Listeners were half as likely as non-listeners to prioritize educating boys over girls and 90 percent of listeners could identify at least one place where they could receive family planning and reproductive health services, compared to 80 percent of non-listeners.

Population Media Center's drama in Côte d’Ivoire resulted in listeners being half as likely to prioritize boys' education over girls' education compared to non-listeners.

Population Size

24,184,810 (2017)

Growth Rate

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Over 30% of women have had at least one child by age 18.


  • Growth Rate Compared to World: 55 (CIA, 2017)
  • Total Fertility Rate: 3.38 children/woman (CIA, 2017)
  • Contraceptive Prevalence Rate: 18.2% (CIA, 2012)
  • HIV/AIDS Adult Prevalence Rate: 2.7% (CIA, 2016)
  • HIV/AIDS Compared to World: 22nd (CIA, 2016)
  • Population Below International Poverty Line: 23.8% (UNICEF Economic Indicators, 2007-2011)
  • Female Genital Mutilation Prevalence Women: 38.2% (UNICEF Child Protection Indicators, 2002-2012)
  • Female Genital Mutilation Prevalence Daughters: 10% (UNICEF Child Protection Indicators, 2002-2012)
  • Birth by Age 18: 31.1% (UNICEF Adolescents Indicators, 2008-2012)

Our Projects

PMC broadcast one radio serial drama in Côte d’Ivoire in order to address issues like child labor, child marriage, gender equality, AIDS/HIV, and maternal health.

About Côte d’Ivoire

Côte d’Ivoire is a country half the size of France with a population of around 22 million. In Côte d’Ivoire, more females have undergone female genital mutilation than attended secondary school: 38.2% v 24.6%. (UNICEF, 2012). Côte d’Ivoire has experienced political turmoil, which has displaced more than 1.7 million people. The displaced are some of the most vulnerable people, facing challenges such as sexual violence, HIV/AIDS, and lack of education. Women who have been displaced are three times more likely to encounter sexual violence.

The war also negatively impacted access to health facilities and the economy, exacerbating malnutrition and poor health, particularly for women and children. The 2008 UNICEF survey identified a staggering acute malnutrition rate of 17.5 percent in children under five, surpassing the emergency threshold of 15 percent. One in three children under the age of five suffers from chronic malnutrition, which is the main underlying cause of death. Côte d’Ivoire also suffers from an alarmingly high maternal mortality rate.

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